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IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

The visit of Commonwealth graves in Communal Cemeteries & Churchyards in Belgium & France

pierre.vandervelden@pi.be

THIEPVAL Memorial (Somme France)

Pte Gideon Corbett 24/04/1917 Aged 27
For Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Pte James Driver 01/07/1916
For Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Pte John George Glidewell 27/04/1917
For Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Coy Sjt Mj Robert Lilliman 10/10/1916
For Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Pte John Lloyd 26/09/1916 Aged 34
For Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Pte Isaac Taylor 15/12/1916
For Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Pte Robert Mapletoft 19/07/1916 Aged 27
For Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Pte George Burgin 23/10/1916 Aged 21
For Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Pte James Frederick Huskisson 01/07/1916
For Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Pte Bennet Collier - Knight 14/07/1916
For Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Rfl George Henry Radford 27/07/1916 Aged 23
For Anthony Bagshaw (Mansfield Woodhouse U.K.)
Pte Fred Bulcock KIA 16/08/1916 aged 25
Pte Dennis Henry Mills 28/04/1917 aged 24
2nd/Lt Christopher Devonshire Pigott 26/08/1916 aged 24
Pte John Tinnion 01/07/1916
Pte William Thomas Bott, of Little Harrowden, 14/07/1916
For Mr Simon Bull (Northamptonshire U. K.)
Coy Sjt Mj Samuel Hill Covell MM
16/08/1916, aged 33.
Leaving a widow and 4 children.
Pte James Sydney Newman 13/11/1916 aged 20
Son of George Sidney and Ann Newman, of Laxton, Howden

For Mr & Mrs David and Caroline Sample
Pte 32659 Griffith Jones 12/10/1916
He was born in Cwm y Glo, Gwynedd 1894, son of David & Margiad Jones.

His uncle, Caerwyn, wrote a Welsh poem in his memory:

Gwyn dy fyd, fy nai anwylaf, -
Er dy farw, gwyn dy fyd;
Am dy lais a'th wedd hawddgaraf
Yr hiraethaf fwy o hyd.
Eiddot ti y deyrnas dawel
Nad oes ynddi lid na loes;
Cefaist brofi gwynfyd angel,
Cefaist flwyddyn harddaf d'oes.

Megais di yn dlws penfelyn,
Dotiais atat yn dy grud.
Miwsig mwyn i D'ewyrth Caerwyn
Oedd dy sgwrs yng ngwawr dy fyd.
Llawer difyr dro a gefais
Yn dy gwmni, onid e?
Nid aeth neb mor fwyn a llednais
 thydi i deyrnas ne'.

Pell a dirgel yw dy feddrod,
Draw ym mynwent goch y gad;
Braint angylion yw ei warchod
Er mwyn serch dy fam a'th dad.
Cefaist hedd o swn y rhyfel, -
Hedd i fyw yn hardd o hyd.
Griff, anwylaf, dwyfol dawel

Ydwyt mwyach. Gwyn dy fyd.

For Maredudd ap Rheinallt (Greatson of Caerwyn) - Bangor, Gwynedd.

Pte Evan Owen Williams 14/07/1916 aged 18
Evan was from Bethesda, son of William and Jane Williams. He was a quarryman by trade and had enlisted in March 1915 before being sent to France on December 5th 1915. The poem below was written to him on his death
For Iwan Hughes (North Wales)
Mae'n gorwedd nawr yn ei ddillad llwyd,
Yn nhir y Ffrancwyr pell;
Ond daw i'r lan mewn mantell wen,
I rodio gwlad sydd well;
Ffarwel! Y milwr dewr, Ffarwel!
Enillaist fri'n ddios;
Cest goron aur yn llys y nef,
Yn lle'r Victoria Cross.

Fe anelodd angeu fwa,
Do,tarawodd ar ei nod,
Ac fe gwympodd ar ei yrfa
Eto fachgen deunaw oed,
Evan anwyl, cysga bellach
Mae dy gorff mewn tawel hedd
Carem ollwng dystaw ddeigryn,
Deigryn hiraeth ar dy fedd.
He lies now in his grey clothes
In the land of the distant French
But he'll come to the shore in a white cloak
To walk in a better land
Farewell! You brave soldier, Farewell!
Without any doubt you achieved fame
You got a golden crown in the palace of heaven
Instead of the Victoria Cross

Death aimed its bow
Yes, it hit its target
And during his journey fell
An eighteen year old boy again
Evan dear, sleep now
Your body is in quiet peace
We'd wish to shed a quiet tear
A tear of longing on your grave
 
Pte Willie Ellis 03/09/1916 aged 24
Willie was of Cefn y Waen, Deiniolen.
In his last letter home he said to his father: "My father, remember to pray for me; I am fighting in a very dangerous place, and I don't know when the end will come."
For Iwan Hughes (North Wales)
 
Cpl Thomas Stanley Pugh 06/07/1916
Thomas was a native of Blaenau Ffestiniog, he enlisted after returning from New York City to where he'd emigrated.
For Iwan Hughes (North Wales)
Pte William R. S. Bicheno 18/07/1916 aged 24
William was born at East Dulwich, London, 1892. Emigrated to South Africa in March 1911. Missing believed killed Delville Wood.
His brother Edwin emigrated to Australia in 1914. He died on 4 July 1917 while serving Australian Corps.
Edwin is buried at Trois Arbres Cemetery.
For Andy Pepper.
Pte Samuel George Smedley 26/09/1916
For Steve Morse (UK)
http://www.ypressalient.co.uk/
Pte Fred Carter 07/09/1916 aged 21
For Steve Morse (UK)
http://www.ypressalient.co.uk/
 
Rfm Clarence Jenkinson Belfield 17/09/1916
 
Cpl Willie Whittleston 12/04/1917 aged 24
 
Pte James Gulley 01/07/1916
 
Sjt Herbert W. Widdowson 07/04/1917 aged 29
Pte Harry Fawcett 05/08/1916 aged 20
Son of John William and Sarah Ann Fawcett, of 43, Ramsden St., Littletown, Liversedge, Yorks.
For his great nephew Gordon Hodgson
Pte Victor Nadin 25/09/1916 aged 18
For Dave Naden
 
Lt Vyvyan Hope Lancelot Davenport 14/07/1916 aged 21
 
Pte William Jonas 27/07/1916 aged 26
 
R. P. Taylor
 
A. T. Knight
Pte Harry Jowett01/07/1916 aged 18
Harry came from Bingley, West Yorkshire.
For Tim Clapham (Harry was Tim's grandmother's cousin)
 
L/Cpl John Kerr Coutts 01/07/1916 aged 25
 
L/Cpl James McLean 01/07/1916
 
Pte Douglas Morison 01/07/1916 aged19
 
Pte Cecil Dunbar Nisbet 01/07/1916
 
2nd/Lt William Wilson Paterson 15/07/1916 aged 28
 
 Pte Ernest William Green 04/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
 CSM Albert Miners MM 20/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
 Pte George Stubley 10/07/1916 aged 30
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
L/Cpl Henry Harold Andrews 28/08/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Lt Richard Henry Beindge Baynes 14/07/1916 aged 27
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
 Pte Reuben George Brooks 20/07/1916 aged 36
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
 Cpl Frank Herbert Dayus 29/08/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
 CSM Herbert Dandy MM 03/09/1916 aged 28
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte William henry Thomas 14/071916 aged 27
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
 Capt Edmund Hilton Dadd 03/09/1916 aged 25
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
Sjt William Patrick Tobin 11/10/1916 aged 42
 
Pte James Mackie 25/09/1916 aged 35
 
Pte Alfred Arthur Connell 16/09/1916 aged 16
Alfred was killed at High Wood
 
Pte James Burrows MM 16/08/1916
Pte Mark Maskell KiA 10/11/1916 aged 28
Son of Henry and Naomi Maskell
His brother George died 25/09/1915 and is remembered in Loos Memorial
For the people of Hartfield
Pte David Bushell Taylor 04/03/1879 - 21/10/1916
From De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, 1914-1924:
Taylor, David, Private, No. 49578, 13th (service) Bttn, The Cheshire Rgt.
s. of James Bushell Taylor, of Liverpool, by his wife Mary, dau. of Michael Toole;
b. Liverpoo; educ, St Clement's church school there; was a master chimney sweep; joined the 4th Cheshire Regt in 05/1915; Transfered to the 13th Battn. in 09/1916; Served with the Expeditionary force in France and Flanders, and was KiA during the fighting on the Ancre, 21/10/1916. He m. at St,. Luke's Church, Walton Liverpool, 04/09/1906, Emma Elizabeth (33 Westbourne Rd, Birkenhead), dau, of Thomas Williams of Chirk, and had a son, James Bushell, b 07/04/1909.
for his great nephew Geoff Taylor (Carine, Western Aus.)
Pte Richard Kenyon 23/07/1916
Pte Malcolm (Calum) MacDonald 18/10/1916 aged 19
Pte Thomas Berry 01/07/1916
Lt Geoffrey St George Shillington Cather VC 11/10/1890 - 02/07/1916
He was born in Christchuch Road, Streatham Hill, son of R.G Cather of Limpsfield and Margaret Mathilda Cather.
An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 08/09/1916, records the following:
"For most conspicuous bravery. From 7 p.m. till midnight he searched 'No Man's Land', and brought in three wounded men. Next morning at 8 a.m. he continued his search, brought in another wounded man, and gave water to others, arranging for their rescue later. Finally, at 10.30 a.m., he took out water to another man, and was proceeding further on when he was himself killed. All this was carried out in full view of the enemy, and under direct machine gun fire and intermittent artillery fire. He set a splendid example of courage and self sacrifice".
Capt Henry Lloyd Martin 28/09/1916 aged 36
Pte John Bradley 01/07/1916 aged 25
Lt George Sainton Kaye Butterworth MC 05/08/1916
He was a well known composer http://www.rubecula.com/Butterworth/Butterworth.html
for Andrew Wood (Walsall)
Sjt Patrick Hagan 14/07/1916
for David Gourley
The sacrifice of the Smith brothers
L/Cpl Leonard Smith 16/07/1916 aged 16
Leonard's brothers, L. to R., Pte Harold Smith 11/02/1915 buried in Wulverghem Lindenhoek Road Cemetery; Pte Ernest Smith 13/08/1915 buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles Turkey; Pte Herbert Smith 28/08/1916 buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension.
Pte Matthew Lowe 01/07/1916 aged 45
His eldest son, Pte Tom Lowe 21/10/1918 is buried in Duhallow A. D. S. Cem. Ypres.
for Matthew Lucas and family
Pte Ernest Cecil Chenery 07/10/1916 aged 22
for Tony Pringle and the people of Newmarket
2nd/Lt Alfred Charles Hayhoe 27/07/1916 aged 27
for Tony Pringle and the people of Newmarket
L/Sjt Walter Edward Leonard 03/07/1916 aged 22
for Tony Pringle and the people of Newmarket
L/Cpl Edward Archibald Bowers 01/07/1916 aged 21
for Tony Pringle and the people of Newmarket
Pvte John McEwan 06/09/1916 aged 20
for Alasdair J. Malcolm
http://prestwickwarmemorial.btck.co.uk/
2nd/Lt William Kelly Carmichael Ogg 15/07/1916 aged 18
for Alasdair J. Malcolm
http://prestwickwarmemorial.btck.co.uk/
Cpl Albert Scott 07/07/1916 aged 19
Albert worked as a trainee draughtsman at the G.N.R. Plant Works Doncaster before the war.
He died having never seen his baby daughter.
for his great nephew Glyn Coggon
The Sacrifice of the Skinners Brothers
Pte Edward Charles Skinner 09/08/1916 aged 25
for Mark Leighton
The three brothers gave their lifes for King and Country on the Somme,
left, Pte Harry Skinner 05/04/1918 commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial;
middle, Pte Edward Charles Skinner;
right, Pte Frank Skinner 01/07/1916 buried in Gordon Dump Cemetery.
They were sons of of Charles and Ellen Skinner, of New Wimpole, Royston, Herts.
Pte Robert Ross 17/09/1916
for Dave Donatelli
Pte Charles Mulholland 09/08/1896 - 18/08/1916
He was a single man who joined on 12/09/1914.
He was missing in action, last know along side his regiment and patrol Captain DE Brodie.
Charles was in the 1st Bn Cameron Highlanders.
Body not found, it is believed he is one of the unknowns at Caterpillar Cemetery.
Last known at Charles was at Contalmaison near fleurs road, around 1200 yards west of High wood.
(Information from Cameron Highlanders museum.)
for Joanne Mulholland and family
Pte John Green 01/07/1916 aged 20
He was the son of William and Lilian Green of 18 Elmsdale Road, Walthamstow, Essex.
for his niece Brenda Keer
Sgt Leonard Olivier Burr 01/07/1916 aged 24
Leonard, seated, with his nephew, Drummer Alexander William Burr also died on 01/07/1916, aged 18 and buried in Serre Road Cemetery N° 2.
for his great great niece Karen Francis
Pte Ernest Albert Jarvis 01/07/1916
More about ernest commemorated by Rob Price at http://www.medaldetector.co.uk
Coy Sjt Mjr William Hattersley MM 1881 - 15/11/1916
More about William commemorated by Rob Price at http://www.medaldetector.co.uk
Pte Harry Glover 11/03/1917
More about Harry commemorated by Rob Price at http://www.medaldetector.co.uk
Rfm Arthur Victor Bicknell 10/03/1917 aged 29
Arthur, 2nd Bn, Rifle Brigade was the son of Richard Thomas Bicknell of Maybury Rd, Woking.
He married Elizabeth Butlin in 1910 and they had one child, Phyllis Kathleen, who was born in 04/1914.
Prior to the outbreak of war, the Bicknells lived at 306 Sangley Road and Arthur worked as a butcher in the shop on Muirkirk Road.
He volunteered to join the army on 12/12/1915, and was mobilised in 05/1916.
He then found himself posted to France in September of the same year.
During his time in the army Arthur found himself hospitalised on a couple of occasions, once with influenza and once with trench foot.
Following his death his sergeant wrote to his widow, Elizabeth, stating that Arthur had been shot through the head and died instantly.
Elizabeth was awarded a pension of 18/6 per week for herself and their child Phyllis.
for Kevin Loughnane (Catford Roll of Honour)
Pte Charles Stirling Chapman 15/09/1916 aged 18
Charles, 20th (County of London) Bn (Blackheath and Woolwich).
He was the third son of John and Louisa Chapman and prior to the war he worked at the Maypole Dairy, Catford.
On the day that he died the 20th Londons were involved in an attack at High Wood on the Somme.µ
Following his death his officer wrote:
“He died swiftly and without any pain or lingering……..He was a cheerful and willing worker and died bravely doing his duty”.
On the 08/12/1916 The Kentish Mercury published his photograph under the heading:
“Catford Privates Killed – Private C S Chapman, London Regiment, Killed in action on September 15th, after being at the front for 14 months, had his home at 85 Sandhurst-road, Catford.
He joined when only 16.
He attended Sandhurst-road Council School”.
for Kevin Loughnane (Catford Roll of Honour)
2nd/Lt Stanley Herbert France Woolmer 03/09/1916 aged 20
Stanley, 17th Bn, King’s Royal Rifle Corps was the eldest son of Joseph France and Annie Maude Woolmer of 136 Broadfield Road, Hither Green.
He was educated at St Dunstan’s College and prior to the war he was on the staff of the Royal Exchange Assurance Corporation.
He enlisted in the Inns of Court O.T.C. in 09/1915 and was commissioned into the KRRC on the 03/06/1916, proceeding to the front on 08/07/1916.
In the attack on Sunday September 3rd 1916 he was wounded in the leg but on finding that so many officers had fallen, insisted in pushing on.
He was shot immediately in front of the enemy trenches.
His Major wrote:
“Everyone loved him and he is a great loss to us.
Officers such as he was are hard to find”.
He also said:
“He died a hero at the head of his men”.
for Kevin Loughnane (Catford Roll of Honour)
Pte Arthur Blackburn 01/07/1916 aged 23
Arthur, 1st/2nd (City Of London) Bn (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment was the son of William and Helen Blackburn of 66 Fordel Road, Catford.
At the time of his death he was posted to the 12th Bn, London Regiment which was part of the 56th (1st London) Division.
On the 01/07/1916 this division attacked the German lines at Gommecourt on the Somme, going over the top at 07:30.
By the end of the day the London bns had lost 182 officers and 4,567 men killed, wounded and missing.
for Kevin Loughnane (Catford Roll of Honour)
 
Pte John Jones 27/02/1917
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Charles Cyril Evans 13/11/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte William Ewart Williams 09/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
2nd/Lt Adrian Hamilton Silverton Barrett 10/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Cpl Albert George Bevan 20/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
L/Cpl William Lawson Holgate 11/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Ellis Atherton 16/08/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Samuel Jones 10/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
L/Cpl Francis John Thomas 10/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Alfred Edward Jones 11/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Thomas Downing 16/08/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Wilfred Brown 11/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
L/Cpl Edward Thomas Roberts 03/11/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte David Henry Owen 03/09/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Fred Phillips 11/07/1916
His brother William Arthur (below) died the same day.
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte William Arthur Phillips 11/07/1916
His brother Fred (above) died the same day.
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Joseph Witton 02/09/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Frederick Emery 05/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte James William Cox 16/08/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Robert Thomas Kingsbury 20/11/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Harry Bates 17/02/1917
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Benjamin David Jenkins 27/02/1917
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Thomas Walters 06/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Cpl William Robinson 20/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
L/Cpl James Frederick Golby 20/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
L/Cpl Arthur Kitson 27/08/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte John Jones 10/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Pte Bernard Stephens 20/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
 
Cpl Robert Owen Davies 20/07/1916
for the Royal Welch fusiliers & Dr H.J. Krijnen
L/Cpl William Gunner 17/11/1888 - 01/07/1916
He is remembered on the St Peter's Old Woking G.W.M. Roll of Honour by Pete Smee
and the Surrey County Council Heritage Conservation Team
Pte Griffith Thomas Hughes 01/07/1916 aged 26
He was the son of Mrs. Jane Hughes, of Llainffyon, Groeslon, Carnarvonshire.
He was killed attempting to save the life of his officer, Lt Henry Adam Telfer the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Lt Telfer was also killed the same day and is buried in Gordon Dump Cemetery.
for his great nephew Richard Jones
Pte Frederick Williams 07/07/1916
He was born in 1883 in Hinstock, Salop, the son of the late George and Alice Williams, brother of Alice Mary Dittmer (nee Williams) herself killed as a result of a German bombing of Port Sunlight on 17/10/ 1941.
Frederick worked as a Clerk for Sunlight Soap and enrolled at Port Sunlight December 1915.
He died in the attack on La Boiselle along with 242 NCO's and men, plus 8 officers.
for Tony Beard and family

72 115 casualties

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